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Texan Nicole Davenport takes BBQ skills on USO tour
Hamilton, Texas - Texas cowgirl Nicole Davenport celebrates her fortieth birthday Saturday by cooking barbecue for U.S. Troops in Kuwait on the USO "Kings of BBQ" Tour.
She has a lot to celebrate. Fresh from her national television debut on The Learning Channel's "BBQ PitMasters," Davenport won the World Wagyu Brisket and Steak Cookoff at the Hamilton County Dove Festival on Labor Day weekend. The cook-off was covered by the Rural Fee Delivery (RFD-TV) network for the show "American Rancher with Pam Minick."
"I'm really happy to have my first grand championship," Davenport says. "I'm using part of the prize money on a gift of Cuisinart knives for the troops, so they can continue cooking after we're gone."
A fourth-generation Texas ranching daughter, Davenport began cooking barbecue with her father at age five on his homemade barbecue pit. Based in Sheffield, Texas, her company, Cowgirl Caterin', utilizes the farm-to-table philosophy of fresh food she grew up on at events on both coasts. She believes barbecue is an art requiring patience and good judgment to use smoke and fire.
She competes on Big Bob Gibson's team at the 31st American Royal BBQ on September 30 - October 3 in Kansas City, Kansas.
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